TITLE

THE REAL REVOLUTION IN SOUTH VIET NAM

AUTHOR(S)
Carver Jr., George A.
PUB. DATE
April 1965
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Apr1965, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p387
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the factors that have influenced social revolution and insurgency in South Vietnam. South Vietnam is in the midst of a war and equally obvious is the fact that this war is being waged by a Communist-controlled insurgent movement supported and directed from Hanoi. Less obvious, but equally important in determining its political complexion and future is the fact that South Vietnam is also in the midst of a social revolution. When South Vietnam was created in 1954, political authority was initially assumed by a predominantly mandarinal class, largely French-educated and foreign-oriented in culture even though politically nationalistic. Of that class, Ngo Dinh Diem was both symbol and archetype. Political power is in the process of passing to a more militantly Vietnamese group and, in some ways, more culturally autochthonous, far less prone to think about politics in a foreign idiom. Of this group, the students, the bonzes who lead the Buddhist movement and the military Young Turks are prime examples. This shift in the locus of political power explains much of the otherwise baffling turbulence on the South Vietnamese political scene and constitutes the real revolution in South Vietnam.
ACCESSION #
5800344

 

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